Getting started for new users

Since you’re already familiar with what Slack is all about, we’ll show you how to get started next. How you proceed depends on the way you’ll be using Slack: either as an individual member or the person that starts the Slack team.

We’ve built guides to cover both paths, simply choose the route that’s best for you:

👉🏽   If you'd like to join an existing Slack team, read on! 

👉🏽   Or, if you want to start a new Slack team or learn how to manage one, hop over to our guide tailored to team creators and admins.


Getting started for members

If you're looking to join your organization's Slack team, this section of the guide is for you. As a member, you'll be able to use send messages and files to your teammates to get work done in Slack. Onward!

Step 1 — Join a Slack team

There are two ways to join an existing Slack team: accept the email invitation that you’ve been sent or create an account on the team using your company email address. (This option is only available if the Slack team allows email signup.)

  • Accept an email invitation to join.Open the email invitation, and click Join. We’ll guide you along, but we’ll ask you to enter your first and last name, and username. We’ll also ask you to choose a password so you can sign in and out with ease. Does your company use single sign-on? If so, we’ll have some of this information already! All you’ll need to do is authenticate your account with your identity provider (like Okta, OneLogin, G Suite, and so on!)
  • Join with an approved email address.Some companies or teams allow their employees to sign up on their own as long as they have an approved email address.To join a team this way, you’ll need to know the team's URL — it would look something like Visit your team’s URL, then click create an account — simply follow the prompts to finish!

Find your team: Visit, enter your email address(es), and we'll send you sign-in links for any Slack teams available for you to join.

Step 2 — Set up your profile

Filling out your Slack profile helps other members learn more about you. We’ll already have the basics from when you created your account, but some teams may have included some additional custom profile fields.

Jump to the Edit your profile article on the Help Center for detailed instructions. (Don’t forget to add a profile photo!) 😬

Step 3 — Download Slack's desktop and mobile apps

You can sign in and use Slack from a web browser on your desktop at any time (just go to But by downloading our desktop and mobile apps, you can stay signed in to multiple teams, have more control over notifications, and stay in sync even when you’re on the move.

For download instructions, click the link for the apps that are right for you.


Windows Phone (beta)


Mac OS X
Linux (beta)

Synchronized apps: Whatever you do on one device is reflected everywhere — our Slack apps keep your place, letting you pick up wherever you left off. Pretty neat!

Note: If you need to sign out of our account, it's easy to do. Visit Sign out of Slack to learn how.   

What's next?

Now that you are set up with a complete profile and Slack apps for your devices, we’ll show you what it looks like to actually get work done in Slack.

Jump to Working in Slack to learn about how to use search, holding meetings with Slack Calls and Videos, and how Slack can make you more productive overall.

Or, you can learn more on our Help Center. 🌻

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